The crisis triggered by COVID-19 pandemic has given us an experience like never before, and life will not be the same once we step out from the comforts of our home, post-lockdown. The Government of India is working in tandem with respective state governments to ease lockdown in non-COVID hotspots and lift the battered economy.
Stepping into the post-lockdown world will require a collaborated effort from each of us to ensure that the deadly virus doesn’t find its way back. Given below are a few ways through which you can best step into the post-lockdown world, keeping the threat of novel coronavirus at bay.
Perhaps no other event has emphasised on personal hygiene as much as COVID-19. You must continue the practice post-lockdown for safety. Keep washing your hands with soaps or alcohol-based sanitizers at regular intervals, and while stepping in public, do wear a mask.
Cover your face with tissue or handkerchief while sneezing and if you find someone vigorously, maintain a reasonable distance. It’s an irony that though most of us know the importance of personal hygiene, very few take it seriously. However, the COVID-19 episode has done enough damage, and now it’s time to adopt personal hygiene practices with the seriousness it warrants.
Social distancing has been identified as one of the most potent tools to fight against coronavirus. During the lockdown, authorities and experts have reiterated it several times. The norms of social distancing adopted during lockdown should be practiced with gusto in the post-lockdown era.
While it can be a little difficult to maintain social distancing if you are using public transport during peak hours, you can definitely do it while working in office. Maintain a distance of at least 1-2 metre from your colleague and have staggered lunch breaks.
If possible, try to leave a little early for your workplace when the crowd is less. Also, when you go to markets, maintain a reasonable distance from your fellow buyer.
Once the honourable Prime Minister made an official announcement of lockdown, people rushed to markets and grocery shops to collect items in large quantities. Though the Government made clear that there would be no shortage of essential items, people resorted to panic buying and began to hoard things.
The practice of hoarding must be avoided at all costs as it not only makes life difficult for others but also promotes black marketing, thus pushing up prices. While it will take some time for the economy to bounce back and things to normalise, make sure to avoid panic buying in the post-lockdown world.
Our country has enough to feed all and there’s no dearth of vital items. By not hoarding, you will not only save money but also contribute to the overall growth and prosperity of the economy.
Several organisations and factories came to a grinding halt during lockdown because of which chances of job cuts and delayed salaries have been looming large. Liquidity has been a significant problem for most and though the RBI granted a three-month moratorium on term loans, many have found it difficult to meet daily expenses and other essential commitments.
Once the lockdown is over, get back to the drawing board and monitor your finances. Make provisions for adequate liquidity to tide over similar situations in the future. Build an emergency corpus through disciplined investments in various financial instruments.
Undoubtedly, it will be different world once the lockdown is over. Adopting and practicing the lessons learned now will go a long way in restoring normalcy and getting things back on track.